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Andy Biskin 16 Ton: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Maybe you're not the type of American comfortable shouting “USA...USA...USA!" at sporting events. You might though, reconsider the prohibition after listening to clarinetist Andy Biskin and 16 Tons' Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection. If you know your history you're aware the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, beginning just before WWII, recorded (and preserved) folk and blues music ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

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There have been several ensembles in the past couple of decades that delved into the novelty jazz recordings of the Thirties and Forties. In the Netherlands there have been The Beau Hunks and the Willem Breuker Kollektief and in this country there have been Don Byron's Bug Music group and Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra.

Old Time Musketry: Drifter

Read "Drifter" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Old and new collide and intermingle in a variety of appealing ways on Drifter, the second long-player by the Brooklyn-based collective, Old Time Musketry. It's funny, though, how old has become new and new has become old. J. P. Schlegelmilch, the keyboardist and primary composer for the band (he wrote all but 2 of Drifter's varied ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Raymond Scott: The Secret 7

Raymond Scott: The Secret 7

Most jazz fans know little or nothing about Raymond Scott. In all fairness, Scott, a pianist and arranger, was a rather illusive and mysterious figure on the music scene from the 1930s onward and his recordings often defied all established categories. Back in the early 1930s, Scott pioneered the novelty genre on recordings like The Toy ...

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Andy Biskin's Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A working jazz musician in New York City and environs since 1991, clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker Andy Biskin is a modern-day Renaissance Man. The Texas native was already a fixture in San Antonio's polka scene (yes, people, this is a thing) as a teenager, Biskin attended Yale where he double-majored in music and anthropology. Later, he ...

AA.VV.: Raymond Scott Rewired

Read "Raymond Scott Rewired" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Risale ai primi anni Novanta, grazie al fantastico lavoro di Irwin Chusid (autorità indiscussa nell'ambito della obscure & weird music) la “riscoperta" della musica di Raymond Scott, tra le figure più originali, oblique e sotterraneamente influenti del Novecento.
Se già lo conoscete non starò qui a ribadire le tante anime della sua fantastica carriera. ...

Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire

Read "...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire" reviewed by Troy Collins

...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire is an epic four-part suite based on the fictitious songs found scattered throughout celebrated author Thomas Pynchon's early novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity's Rainbow. Oboist Kyle Bruckmann conceived this post-modern “musical phantasmagoria" as the first long-form composition written for Wrack, his experimental chamber jazz ensemble, employing an expanded ...

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies

Read "Book of Rhapsodies" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Prendete la musica di quattro formazioni operanti nella fervida scena musicale americana degli anni Trenta e Quaranta, un ensemble di undici musicisti tra cui spiccano i nomi del leader Brian Carpenter, del sassofonista Andy Laster, del trombonista Curtis Hasselbring, un gruppo vocale di sei elementi, prestate attenzione al titolo e avrete un'idea della musica contenuta in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks

Read "Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

To write that Brian Carpenter has had an interesting career would be an incomplete statement since he holds so many. By day Carpenter is an engineer, but there's also his radio shows, his acting career, a film he's working on about Albert Ayler, his band Brian Carpenter and the Confessions where he sings and composes, and ...